The Ford Fiesta is hugely popular with Irish oto buyers and it remains one of the most-searched supermini models on each month. With a growing appetite for crossover-style cars of late, Ford has added another string lớn the Fiesta’s bow by adding another Model lớn the range in this, the Fiesta Active. With chunkier crossover styling và raised ride height, the Fiesta Active broadens the car’s appeal in similar fashion khổng lồ the Hyundẻo i20 Active sầu, the Opel Crosslvà X và Citroen’s C3 Aircross. We were impressed with the lachạy thử Ford Fiesta when we drove it on Irish roads last year, but is the Active worth the extra outlay?



So, what’s different lớn the normal Fiesta hatch? Well, for starters the Fiesta Active is 18mm taller và it has a wider traông chồng with various other elements of SUV inspiration. Throw some pronounced bumpers, blachồng wheel arch plastics và roof rails into the phối, và the Active looks broad-shouldered and sturdier than the standard Fiesta. The Active adds certain crossover characteristics without losing the overall design methodology of the standard Fiesta. The Fiesta Active sầu is a relatively quality concept và there are few other supermini-come-crossover models on the market right now, with the Hyundai iđôi mươi its only direct rival at present. The Active sầu is kitted with 17-inch shadow blachồng alloy wheels as standard; a striking contrast against the Frozen White paint scheme on our kiểm tra oto.

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Surprisingly, the Active isn’t much different to the normal Fiesta inside. Despite the SUV-style exterior makeover, it isn’t any roomier inside, though it is capacious enough to lớn seat four adults in relative sầu comfort, five sầu at a stretch. The dashboard is logically laid out & incorporates Ford’s Sync 3 eight-inch touch screen which also supports seamless điện thoại thông minh connectivity courtesy of Apple CarPlay and Android Aukhổng lồ. While the touch screen is easy to lớn use and meets most requirements, it isn’t as impressive as the Volkswagen Polo equivalent system. There is lots of adjustment for the driver through the seat and steering wheel, và the increased ride height adds a tad more road visibility too. Our test car is equipped with extra-comfy sports seats with yellow tryên ổn, which look and feel the part.



The Fiesta Active sầu is equipped with Ford’s turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which is great news as it’s a brilliant unit. With 100 horsepower và a six-speed manual transmission, the Active whisks easily around town and it cruises well at motorway speeds too, all the while with a characterful three-cylinder hum. This is the only engine offered in the range right now though, which means there are no diesel units to lớn consider. That said, the little EcoBoost it is reasonably cost-effective khổng lồ run, and Ford claims average economy of 6.1l/100km while annual motor tax is listed at just €200.

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The lademo Ford Fiesta is one of the best cars lớn drive in its class, & despite being taller và more crossover-orientated, the Active follows suit in this regard. It is fun to lớn drive sầu on twisty roads and grips the road well with responsive steering and relative sầu poise. It tends to run wider in corners than the smaller Fiesta Supermini but we will forgive sầu it for this. Slightly revised suspension and the increased ride height bởi wonders for the Fiesta Active’s ride chất lượng however, & it offers much improved bump absorption on less favourable road surfaces.


Prices và features:

Prices for the new Ford Fiesta Active start from €18,885, which is considerably more than the comparable entry Fiesta (€15,377). We drove the higher specification ‘Active sầu 2’ model which benefits from a host of upgraded equipment, though prices start from €20,734. The Actie 2 is well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a contrasting blaông xã roof colour scheme, blachồng roof rails, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, Ford’s Sync & eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display, cruise control, rains sensing wipers and traffic sign recognition. There is also the upgraded sports cloth seats with yellow accent và detailing along with a centre armrest. Our test oto is also equipped with a selection of optional extras including the Frozen White Paint scheme & rear parking sensors.

* verdict: 4/5

The Fiesta Active takes inspiration from the SUV world with raised ride height, smoother ride comfort và chunkier styling than the Fiesta supermini. It remains fun khổng lồ drive too with low running costs from the excellent EcoBoost engines. That said, it isn’t any more spacious than the regular Fiesta while it is considerably more expensive, và it isn’t really an SUV either. If you you’re your heart mix on a supermini-sized car with a little more presence, it’s one khổng lồ consider along with the Hyundẻo itrăng tròn Active sầu. There aren’t many other options in this segment.